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Title: The experiences of older adults living with an appearance altering burn injury: an exploratory qualitative study
Authors: Jones, Bethany A.
Buchanan, Heather
Harcourt, Diana
Keywords: Ageing
Appearance
Burn injury
Older adults
Qualitative
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: SAGE © The Author(s)
Citation: JONES, B.A., BUCHANAN, H. and HARCOURT, D., 2015. The experiences of older adults living with an appearance altering burn injury: an exploratory qualitative study. Journal of Health Psychology. Published online before print August 31, 2015, doi: 10.1177/1359105315603473
Abstract: Advances in medical treatment mean more older people are living with burn injuries. However, little is known about experiences and support needs of this group. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of semi-structured interviews with 10 burn survivors aged 51–71 years identified four themes: time and adjusting to an altered appearance; living with a visible difference in the eyes of others; me, myself and I; importance of maintaining appearance. Adjusting to burns was a long process. Participants discussed feeling isolated, needing information about how ageing impacts on scars and maintaining a socially acceptable appearance. Implications for care and further research are discussed.
Description: This article was published in the Journal of Health Psychology [SAGE © The Author(s)] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105315603473
Version: Accepted
DOI: 10.1177/1359105315603473
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20813
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105315603473
ISSN: 1359-1053
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